Good Theology, Good Ministry?

This post is by Syler Thomas, who blogs here (sometimes) but who also teamed with Chris Folmsbee and me to write Jesus Creed for Students. Syler pastors at Christ Church in Lake Forest, and in this series examines one of the most important youth ministry books to come along in a while. In The Theological [Read More...]

Bonhoeffer Wasn’t the Answer

This post (and series) is by my friend at Christ Church of Lake Forest, Syler Thomas. I was talking with a friend recently about my new book Game Plan: Practical Wisdom for the College Experience (co-written by Nic Gibson, foreword by Scot McKnight) and he shared a story about the book he received to prepare him [Read More...]

What to do?

This situation, I’m sure intended to teach something about faith and persecution, unleashed both some trauma and lots of criticisms. A decade or two back our high school football coach staged a shooting (of himself by another) in order to “teach” the football team something. The issue today is not to jump on this youth [Read More...]

Saturday Book Review: Dunn, Sundene

This review is by my colleague, Joel Willitts, who posted this earlier at his blog, Euangelion. Joel teaches Bible at North Park and works with young adult ministries at his church in Geneva IL. Richard Dunn and Jana Sundene have written an important book about ministry among emerging adults: Shaping the Journey of Emerging Adults: [Read More...]

Sticky Faith 4 (Syler Thomas)

Syler Thomas, who is doing this series on Kara Powell and Chap Clark’s Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids is a youth pastor. Have you had that experience where you’re reading something, and you get the sense that the way you’re doing something will never be the same after you’ve [Read More...]

Sticky Faith 3 (Syler Thomas)

This series is by a youth pastor friend, Syler Thomas, and it on Chap Clark and Kara Powell’s new book, Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids. They provide these sobering statistics: 1 out of 8 churched kids has regular conversation about faith with their moms. Just 1 out of 20 [Read More...]

Sticky Faith 2 (Syler Thomas)

This series on Kara Powell and Chap Clark’s book, Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids, is by Syler Thomas. We are going through some of the concepts developed in Kara Powell and Chap Clark’s new book Sticky Faith. Yesterday, we looked at their main premise that who you are as [Read More...]

Sticky Faith 1 (Syler Thomas)

This series on Kara Powell and Chap Clark’s new book, Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids, is by my friend and a local youth pastor, Syler Thomas. What can we do as parents and ministers to help our children find a faith that lasts? That is the question that Kara [Read More...]

Inherit the Earth? The Meek or the Geek?

Every high school teacher, every youth pastor, and every parent of a high schooler should buy, read, and talk about this book with students and with friends: Alexandra Robbins’ The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory, and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School. This book is a sketch of what it is like [Read More...]

NAPCE (Nap-see)

My most natural audiences intersect the academy and the church. So when professors are gathering not just to hear a paper about a specialized topic but to ponder, from their angle and the angle of others, what is going on in the church, then I feel like I am with “my people.” Don’t get me [Read More...]


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